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AAP LS candidates against corrupt ministers

New Delhi, Jan 31 (): AAP national council meet here today will see Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal invite applications from people to contest elections against 15 corrupt ministers of the UPA government.

From the south is SM Krishna, A Raja, M Alagiri, P Chidambaram and G K Vasan and in the north it is Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, Kamalnath, Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and Farooq Abdullah.

On Feb 7, AAP will announce the first list of its candidates against these corrupt ministers. Arvind Kejriwal along with Team Anna in 2012, had gone on a fast against 15 alleged corrupt ministers of UPA govt which included PM Manmohan Singh and then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

At that time, Team Anna had demanded a SIT to probe these ministers. Pranab Mukherjee is now the President and Singh is not going to contest the election for LS as he is a Rajya Sabha member. Vilasrao Deshmukh who was in the list has passed away. Instead of these three, new additions are A Raja, Shree Prakash Jaiswal and Pawan Bansal. AAP will revise the list as there may be changes. Vasan is unlikely to contest LS and so also Alagiri. Some might opt for RS route.

AAP will be hearing out the national council members on the tactics to be adopted for 300 seats in the LS polls. Kejriwal claimed that the AAP manifesto promises to provide 667 litres of free water and cutting power bills by half were implemented.

Yet another promise of AAP had been anti-corruption drive and that was the helpline. The water freebie has a clause that if one consumed more than the limit, the consumer has to pay the full amount and the AAP has increased the water tax by 10%. Half of Delhi lives in colonies that are not on the city authorities’ list. These homes have no piped water or power supply.

The helpline has no officers to man it and no one is coming forward to work in these posts after AAP ministers transferred the earlier set for not taking action. Though complaints are coming in, there is no action as they are not with any evidence. So far, three low-level officers have been caught after sting operations.